Windows operating system regularly updates the windows to fix the bugs, to improve the performance, and adds up new features. Usually, in most computers, there is a default setting that installs the updates on Windows automatically. But you can anyway schedule the reboot time to avoid the automatic reboot of your device without your concern.
If the update is paused by the user or by some other reason then the system may run into an error called ‘service registration is missing or corrupt’. In some devices, this error is also shown as a 0x8024402c error. At this stage, you should opt to run a Windows update troubleshooter. It will automatically fix the error but sometimes it fails to fix ‘service registration is missing or corrupt’ error without recommending any solution. But don’t panic here, you can manually fix this problem.
How to Fix Service Registration is Missing or Corrupt?
As you have to manually fix this ‘service registration is missing or corrupt’ problem, here we have come up with various solutions to resolve this issue.
Solution 1: Running Instructions Through Command Prompt
This issue may resolve by running certain commands in the command prompt. It will help you to reset Windows configuration and settings. Follow the given steps to perform this task –
Step 1: First of all, open Command Prompt and right-click on it, and select Run as administrator.
Step 2: Secondly, in the command prompt type the commands given below and press enter key after each command in order to execute them.
net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 catroot2.old
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver
Step 3: Finally, wait till all the commands get executed and after all the process is completed check out whether by using this method had solved ‘service registration is missing or corrupt’ error or not.
Solution 2: Uninstalling your Antivirus
An antivirus protects your system from viruses but sometimes the antivirus on your system creates error while windows update because it might be possible that the antivirus installed in your system hasn’t updated their security definition which is restricting windows update. Follow the procedure given below to uninstall antivirus from your system.
Step 1: At first, open Control Panel and select Programs and features.
Step 2: Now, direct towards your antivirus program and right click on it and select Uninstall.
Step 3: Finally, restart the computer and see if you could update the Windows without any error.
Solution 3: Running System File Checker
Windows has a built in command tool called system file checker (SFC) which scans your device to find the corrupt files. Hence, using system file checker will help you to find the reason behind getting ‘service registration is missing or corrupt’ error and fixed it. Here’s how you can do it –
Step 1: At first, click on Windows tab + R key altogether which will open the Run dialog box.
Step 2: Further, type ‘taskmgr’ in the dialog box and click on ‘OK’.
Step 3: Now, here on the upper left corner of the window click on the File tab and select ‘Run new task’.
Step 4: Let’s move ahead, type ‘powershell’ in the dialog box, and tick the checkbox beside ‘Create this task with administrative privileges.
Step 5: Afterwards, as the windows PowerShell is open, type ‘sfc /scannow’ command and press enter.
Step 6: Now, if you still face the error and it prompts ‘unable to fix them’ then in PowerShell type ‘DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth’ command which will download the files that will be utilized by system file checker to fix the corrupt files.
Please note that this process is time-consuming, so wait until it scans your device and completion reboot your computer and check if the problem is solved and if you could normally update Windows.
Solution 4: Checking your Firewall and Antivirus
Sometimes it might happen that your firewall is the trouble maker. As the firewall manages to what has access to your computer, it may happen that your firewall dramatized the windows update and put on halt the updating process. Hence, you need to temporarily disable the firewall till you are done with windows update. The steps given below will walk you through the process of disabling the Firewall on your system –
Step 1: Firstly, open the Control panel.
Step 2: Now, in the control panel window here a list of options will appear, navigate through this list to find ‘Windows defender firewall’ and click on it.
Step 3: Let’s move ahead, here on the left pane click on the ‘Turn windows firewall on or off’.
Step 4: Now, here select on both private and public mode for the ‘turn off windows firewall’.
Step 5: Finally, restart the computer to make the effective changes. And see if turning off the firewall has fixed the error.
Solution 5: Creating a Local Account
The particular reason behind facing ‘service registration is missing or corrupt’ error perhaps due to your existing account has encountered with some problems with access to updates. Thereby, creating a local account could help you to deal with this error. Here is the process mention below to create a local account –
Step 1: Firstly, open the settings by pressing Windows + I tab.
Step 2: Further, click on ‘Accounts’ and on the left pane of the window click on ‘Family and other users’.
Step 3: Now, in the right pane click on the ‘Add someone else to this PC’ under Other people.
Step 4: Once the new windows open up, click on ‘I don’t have this person’s sign-in information’ present at the bottom of the window and then do next.
Step 5: Moving ahead, on the next page click on the ‘Add a user without a Microsoft ’.
Step 6: Now, enter the details of name and password for the new account.
Step 7: Afterwards, head back to the ‘Family and other users’ tab and here you will see the account you just created and click on it.
Step 8: Then, click on the ‘Change Account Type’ tab.
Step 9: Here, select Administrator in account type and click OK to confirm.
Step 10: Finally, reboot your computer and login into your new account, and try if this solution has helped your windows to update normally.
Solution 6: Problems with Wireless Connectivity
Microsoft has accepted that some of their services generate error due to slow Wi-Fi connectivity, so getting a ‘service registration is missing or corrupt’ error could be the by product of these bug.
This issue could be rectified by changing some Windows registry values by using Registry editor. Follow the effective steps to modify some changes in the registry editor.
Step 1: First of all, click on Windows tab + R key altogether which will open Run dialog box.
Step 2: Secondly, type ‘regedit’ and click on ‘OK’ to open the Registry editor.
Step 3: Further, as registry editor gets open direct towards the file path ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\mrvlpcie8897’ present at the left pane of the window.
Step 4: Afterwards, track the file item named ‘TXAMSDU’ at the right pane of the window; now double-click on it and change its value from 1 to 0.
Step 5: Finally, click on OK to confirm and close the registry editor and reboot the computer and trace if this solution has resolved the window update failure.
As suggested by Microsoft itself, we can alter the values of the Windows registry to fix the update issue. But please make a note that Windows Registry Editor is a strong tool so in our opinion it needs an extra attention while editing the changes. Hence, follow the steps mentioned above correctly.
Solution 7: Resetting Windows Update using Reset Tool
As the ‘service registration is missing or corrupt’ error is faced when the update was going on and it was halted due to some of the reason. Hence, you can completely reset the windows update using a reset tool provided by Microsoft.
Here, we have explained the entire process to reset windows update through reset tool.
Step 1: At first, download the reset tool from the official website of Microsoft.
Step 2: Further, downloaded file will be in a compressed format, and save this zip file to an accessible folder on your system.
Step 3: Now, unzipped the file contents and right-click on the ‘cmd’ file in the unzipped folder and then select ‘Run as administrator’.
Step 4: Finally, when the process is completed restart the computer to save the effective changes and see if it has resolved the windows update failure.
Solution 8: Resetting Windows Update using a batch file
Resetting the windows update can also be done using a batch file. A batch file is a script file and it consists of a series of commands. Follow the given steps below to reset windows update through batch file –
Step 1: Firstly, download the batch file, save the file and locate it an accessible folder on your system.
Step 2: Further, right click on the batch file and select ‘Run as administrator’.
Step 3: Finally, when all the commands are executed restart the computer and be assured if the ‘service registration is missing or corrupt’ error has gone and if you can successfully update the Windows.
Solution 9: Restoring your system
If nothing goes well for you to get rid of the service registration is missing or corrupt error and to update windows normally, at last, you must have to seek this method of restoring your system. You can attempt to restore your system to the last system restore point. And before applying this method, save all your work in a precise manner and make sure to back up the important files and data. Please make a note that all the changes to your system configuration after the last restore point will be discarded.
Hence, to perform the system restore follow the procedure given below –
Step 1: First of all, click on the search bar of the taskbar and type ‘Restore’.
Step 2: Secondly click on the ‘Create a restore point’ which appeared in the search results.
Step 3: Further, the system properties window will pop-up, and then in system protection section click on the system restore tab.
Step 4: Now, here the next page will appear directing you through the steps to restore the system, click on next and carry on with all further instruction.
Step 5: After completing the instructions select the restore point and click on next to proceed.
Step 6: Finally, Windows will prompt for confirmation for the last time, so before pressing ‘YES’ just make sure you have saved all your work files correctly and had backup all the important files and data.
Now, you should be able to carry on the Windows update normally without any error.
Using an outdated version of Windows is prone to safety risks, virus fatalities and unknown errors. And also you lag in terms of the updated features and improved performance. Don’t get stressed if the error doesn’t get fixed by windows update troubleshooter automatically, you can fix it manually in a proven effective way. We hope that above mentioned one or another solution has helped you to deal with the ‘service registration is missing or corrupt’ error concerned with Windows update failure.